Candlemas, February 2

CandlemasThe Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is one of the ancient Feasts of the early Christian church. The candlelight procession at the beginning of the liturgy reminds us that we are called to bear the light of the truth of the Gospel to all whom we encounter in our daily life.

Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem in a sermon in the 7th century said:

“Our bright shining candles are a sign of divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.”

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia will celebrate Mass Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 pm for the Presentation. All are welcome.

To learn about this feast of the ancient Christian church, read: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03245b.htm


Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine,
secundum verbum tuum in pace:

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.

Which your prepared in the sight of all peoples.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.
Luke 2:29-32


Adorna thalamum tuum, Sion, et suscipe Regem Christum:
amplectere Mariam, quae est coelestis porta:
[amplectere Messiam gratulare huiusce matri:]
ipsa enim portat Regem gloriae novi luminis.
Subsistit Virgo, adducens manibus Filium ante luciferum genitum:
quem accipiens Simeon in ulnas suas praedicavit populis
Dominum eum esse vitae et mortis et Salvatorem mundi.

Adorn thy bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King:
embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven,
[embrace the Messiah and congratulate this mother}
who herself truly brings the glorious King of new light.
She remains a virgin, though bearing in her hands a Son begotten before the daystar,
whom Simeon, taking him in his arms, proclaimed to the people
to be the Lord of life and death, and Saviour of the world.